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Built during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration, Montgomery Bell State Park is named for iron industrialist Montgomery Bell. Arriving in Tennessee from his birthplace in Pennsylvania, Bell bought an iron works in 1804 and soon had one of the largest iron-making operations in the state. Famed as Tennessee’s “First Iron Master,” Bell made a fortune producing farm tools. He also made cannonballs for the armies of General Andrew Jackson. Before the Civil War, Bell was said to be the richest man in the South. He died in 1855.

The site of the first Cumberland Presbyterian Church, ...

Built during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Progress Administration, Montgomery Bell State Park is named for iron industrialist Montgomery Bell. Arriving in Tennessee from his birthplace in Pennsylvania, Bell bought an iron works in 1804 and soon had one of the largest iron-making operations in the state. Famed as Tennessee’s “First Iron Master,” Bell made a fortune producing farm tools. He also made cannonballs for the armies of General Andrew Jackson. Before the Civil War, Bell was said to be the richest man in the South. He died in 1855.

The site of the first Cumberland Presbyterian Church, founded in 1810, is located in Montgomery Bell State Park. A replica of the log cabin where the church was formed and a sandstone chapel commemorate the church. The park’s 3,782 acres offer picnic areas, hiking trails, three lakes, gift shop, bike trail, playgrounds, swimming beach, boat dock and Par 72, 18-hole Frank G. Clement Golf Course. The park also has a conference center, several villas and a 120-room resort inn with a 190-seat restaurant overlooking a lake. Montgomery Bell offers plenty of water activities with 17-acre Lake Acorn, 50-acre Lake Woodhaven and 17.5-acre Creech Hollow Lake. All three lakes provide excellent fishing. The park has about 20 miles of dirt mountain-bike trails, varying in difficulty, plus about 19 miles of hiking trails and overnight/backpacking trails. Park naturalists offer great programs on wildlife and local history.

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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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  • Location: Montgomery Bell State Park is located in Dickson County, Tennessee.
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    Autumn for fall foliage and cooler temperatures